Wi-Fi contains one glaring flaw: it’s vulnerable to hacking. Even if it’s secured with a password, proficient hackers can bypass your network and infiltrate your devices. Fortunately, there are two simple techniques you can use to scare away potential cyber criminals.
Change your Wi-Fi SSID
SSID stands for Service Set Identifier, but really it’s just a technical term for a network name. When hackers are looking to gain entry into a network,
they’ll most likely target these default SSIDs because it indicates the
user either isn’t competent enough to change the SSID or simply didn’t
care to — thus suggesting the network owner has their guard down. Altering your SSID is an easy way to ward away potential hackers.
Hide your Wi-Fi network
If you want to take additional measures to secure your
Wi-Fi, you can hide your network from public viewing altogether. Start
by entering the same “192.168.1.1” number (or whatever number your
router uses) to access the router’s basic settings. There should be an
option to Enable SSID Broadcast,
or it could be listed as Visibility Status or Hidden Wireless. Once you
locate the appropriate option you simply need to uncheck this box and
your Wi-Fi will be undetectable going forward. Read more